ICT and Computing
- To ensure that all pupils understand technology.
- To, functionally, use ICT outside of school and in a working environment.
We teach the basic functional skills required to use and operate computers and office software. Pupils also learn some computer language, binary and HTML, as well as learn about being safe online, how to use block editing software to create games and how computers work.
ICT is split into different units to help breakdown the delivery. Each topic has a link to the previous topic so pupils can see a connection and development within their work. Pupils learn the content by completing tasks that require them to practise using the various technology and software. This not only helps them understand the current topic but builds a strong foundation for using a computer.
Various assessment methods are used in ICT. At the start of the key stage year, and for new pupils, we use a baseline assessment. Shortly after this, pupils complete a self-assessment. At the end of each topic there is a project that requires them to complete a piece of work using the knowledge gained that term. Year 11s are assessed online by submitting their coursework and having it externally marked. Feedback s also provided for development.
ICT is kept up to date by making sure it is applicable to real life situations. The focus on digital literacy ensures that, when pupils leave school, they will have the skills required to confidently use computers.
The Level 1 TLM course has been implemented this year following from ECDL no longer being accredited. This course revolves heavily around digital literacy and the functionality of using computers.
Alongside this, pupils sit ICT functional skills with Edexcel. From both of these qualifications, pupils can see results within a matter of months. This is really useful for building pupils confidence with ICT as they are gaining constant feedback. This is also works extremely well with pupils that come to us on a short turn around, ensuring that all pupils make progress.